Thirteenth Advocacy Meeting: FEFA Urged Meshrano-Jirga to Make Legal Action on Presidential Decree

Kabul- a delegation of FEFA met head of the Committee on Legislation, Judicial and Justice of Meshrano-Jirga to discuss the recent electoral reform proceedings and presidential decree on amendment of the electoral laws. At the beginning of the meeting, the programs manager of FEFA thanked the Committee on Legislation of Meshrano-Jirga for organizing the meeting and appreciated senators for their responsible remarks about presidential decree on amendment of the electoral laws. He said, “FEFA urge Meshrano-Jirga to make legal action about the presidential decree on amendment of electoral laws. Therefore, we encourage Meshrano-Jirga to make decision regarding the decree based on articles 79 and 109 of constitution.” He added that according to article 109 of constitution, the Proposals for amendments of the electoral law cannot be included in the working agenda of the assembly during the last year of the legislative period. However, this legal restriction does not include discussion about the Law on the Organization, Duties and Authorities of Electoral Commissions.

Executive director of FEFA met with first deputy chairman of Meshrano-Jirga

The first deputy chairman of Meshrano-Jirga: Meshrano-Jirga will make decision about presidential decree on electoral reform based on national interest of Afghanistan.

Kabul- the executive director of FEFA, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed, met with first deputy chairman of Meshrano-Jirga on December 28, 2015 to talk about presidential decree on electoral reform which was rejected by Wolesi Jirga of National Assembly.

At the beginning of the meeting, the executive director of FEFA presented information on importance of election and the urgent need for electoral reform. He also said that the rejection of presidential decree on electoral reform by Wolesi Jirga is in contradiction to constitution and well of nation. He added, “According to article 79 of constitution the government has to submit the legislative decree on electoral reform to the National Assembly in the course of thirty days beginning from the first session of the National Assembly but based on article Wolesi Jirga was not authorized to include the proposal for amendment of the electoral law in its working agenda during the last year of the legislative period. However, Wolesi Jirga acted in contradiction to law and included the presidential decree on electoral reform in its working agenda during the last year of legislative period and decided to reject it.” The executive director of FEFA urged the members of Meshrano-Jirga to make legal and logical decisions on electoral issues.

FEFA held its twelfth advocacy meeting (for electoral reform) with the deputy director of Population Census Directorate

FEFA held its twelfth advocacy meeting (for electoral reform) with the deputy director of Population Census Directorate. The representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and media also attended this meeting to exchange views on role of Population Census Directorate in election.
At the beginning of the meeting, the programs manager of FEFA, Mr. Naim Asghari, presented information on importance of electoral reforms process, FEFA’s efforts in this regard and the role of Population Census Directorate in electoral reform process. He then urged the deputy director of Population Census Directorate to present information on continuity of issuing paper ID cards, the districts that the directorate is active there, the level of coordination among the Population Census Directorate and the E-Tazkira Issuance Office and the role of Population Census Directorate in issuing E-ID cards.
Then, the officials of Population Census Directorate said, “The Population Census Directorate has office in 364 districts. Whenever the Population Census Directorate stop its activities in some districts due to insecurity the residents of that district can refer to the neighboring district or center of the province to solve their problems.” He added that the Population Census Directorate performs its activities based on paragraph 4 of article 38 of the census law. The mentioned article states that the Population Census Directorate shall continue issuing paper ID cards until the issuing process of E-ID cards begins.

Electronic ID card Issuance Office: Issuance of Electronic ID Cards 90% decrease Electoral Frauds

Kabul-Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA)-Electoral Reform Advocacy Group held their eleventh advocacy meeting for electoral reform with director of E-ID Cards Issuance Office (Hamayoun Mohtat) and Technical Deputy Director of E-ID Cards Issuance Office (Gul Mohammad Ahmadzai. The representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and media also attended this meeting to exchange views on issuance of electronic ID cards.
At the beginning of the session, FEFA’s programs manager and media officer presented information on importance of electoral reform, FEFA’s efforts in this regard and the role of electronic ID cards in transparency and intactness of upcoming district council elections. Then, they urged the officials of E-ID cards Office to present information regarding their recent proceedings and their plans for starting the issuance of E-ID cards.
Then, the technical deputy director of E-ID Card Issuence Office thanked FEFA and the members of Electoral Reform Advocacy Group for their proceedings toward electoral reform and encouraged the CSOs and political parties to support commencement of issueing E-ID cards.

Ministry of Justice: Mixed Electoral System Helps Strengthen the Political Parties

Kabul- FEFA and the Electoral Reform Advocacy Group held its tenth advocacy meeting for electoral reform, with Mr. Sayed Mohammad Hashemi, the administrative deputy minister of Justice. At the beginning of the meeting the programs manager of FEFA, Mr. Naim Asghari, thanked Ministry of Justice for organizing this meeting and presented information on FEFA’s proceedings toward electoral reform process. Mr. Asghari talked on the role of Ministry of Justice in strengthening political parties. He said that Ministry of Justice has a critical role in strengthening the role of political parties in democratic processes. Mr. Asghari urged the Administrative Deputy Minister of Justice to present information regarding the registered political parties in the country. He also asked the deputy Minister to express its stance on the electoral system proposed by the Special Electoral Reform Commission.

A prospect to district council elections: coordination, concerns and necessities

December 7, 2015
Kabul-Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a conference under the title of a prospect to district council election. The representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, elite figures, university students and media attended this conference to discuss the preparations and coordination for holding the district council election.
At the beginning of the conference the executive director of FEFA, Mohammad Yousuf Rasheed talked on importance of district council election and said that FEFA as the largest domestic election observation institution in Afghanistan has always emphasized on holding the district council elections on the date mentioned in the constitution. He said, “On one hand, holding of the district council election along with the parliamentary elections can strengthen the pillars of political system and on the other hand the heads of National Unity Government had promised the people to hold the district council elections along with the parliamentary election.” Mr. Rasheed added that given the importance of holding Loy Jirga (Grand Assembly) for amendment of constitution holding of district council elections to elect the members of district councils is very important and therefore, the related institutions must get preparation for holding the district council elections from now on. Subsequently, Mr. Rasheed criticized the delay in electoral reform process and government’s ambiguous stance in this regard and urged the heads of National Unity Government to undertake the necessary measures for electoral reform and establishment of Selection Committee.

The Second Vice-President Supports the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform

The First Advocacy Meeting:
The Second Vice-President Supports the Declaration of Substantive Principles of Electoral Reform

Made up of representatives from political parties, civil society organization and media organizations, the electoral reform joint working group-FEFA held a meeting with the second vice president of Afghanistan to advocate for the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform. This meeting was the first advocacy meeting of the electoral reform joint working group for advocating the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform.
The members of electoral reform joint working group thanked Mr. Sarwar Danish, the second vice president of Afghanistan for taking part in this meeting and said, “The political parties, civil society organizations and media in cooperation with FEFA codified the declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform which includes the opinions of political parties, civil society organizations and media organizations on electoral reform and presented it to the government for consideration. The group also said, “We expect the Electoral Reform Commission to fully implement the declaration while reforming the electoral system and electoral structures.” The group believe that the source of all current electoral crisis is the electoral bodies and if the electoral bodies are not reformed fundamentally the problems/challenges will remain and negatively affect people of Afghanistan.

FEFA held its seventh advocacy meeting on electoral reform

FEFA held its seventh advocacy meeting on electoral reform with the programs advisor and the head of the capacity building department of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development. The representatives of political parties, civil society and media also attended this meeting to discuss the role of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development in election.
At the beginning of the meeting the programs manager of FEFA, Mohammad Naim Asghari, presented information on importance of electoral reform and the role of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development in elections, particularly in upcoming districts council election.
Subsequently, the programs advisor of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development, Haroon Rasheed, appreciated FEFA and members of the electoral reform joint working group for their efforts toward electoral reform and presented information on village development councils. He added that the village development councils can help the related institutions in holding the district council elections. Likewise, he presented information on working method of the villages’ development councils and their role in their villages.

Ministry of Interior Affairs: There is no security problems for holding districts councils election

FEFA held its eighth advocacy meeting for declaration of substantive principles of electoral reform with head of foreign relation department of Ministry of Interior Affairs. The representatives of political parties and civil society organizations also attended this meeting to discuss the declaration and roles of Ministry of Interior Affairs in election.
At the beginning of the meeting Mr. Naim Asghari, programs manager of FEFA, thanked Ministry of Interior Affairs for organizing the meeting and presented information importance of electoral reforms and FEFA attempts in this regard. He also talked on the role of Ministry of Interior Affairs in upcoming elections, specifically in district council elections.
Subsequently, Mr. Abdul Muqim Abdul Rahimzai, head of foreign relation department of Ministry of Interior Affairs thanked FEFA and the electoral reform joint working group for their attempts toward electoral reform and said, “ Maintaining the security of national processes including election and electoral campaign is the duty of national police of Afghanistan and therefore Ministry of Interior Affairs attempt to maintain the security of such processes. “ Mr. Abdul Rahimzai pointed out the following measures taken by Minitry of Interior Affairs for maintaining the security of electoral process:

There are not serious problems on specifying the borders of districts for holding district council election

Geodesy & Cartography Head Office
There are not serious problems on specifying the borders of districts for holding district council election
October 28, 2015

The electoral reform joint working group-FEFA held its sixth advocacy meeting with head of Geodesy & Cartography Head Office. The representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and media were also present in this meeting.
Mr. Salehi, election officer of FEFA talked on behave of group and thanked the Cartography institution for taking part in this meeting. Subsequently, Mr. Salehi presented information on background and working objectives of the electoral reform joint working group. Then, he urged the head of the Geodesy & Cartography Head Office to present information on performance of this institution.
Eng. Abdul Rauf Yari, head of the Geodesy & Cartography Head Office appreciated FEFA’s electoral reform initiative and said that the Afghan Geodesy & Cartography Head Office work along with the Independent directorate of Local Governance and Central Census Organization. He said that the main responsibilities of the Afghan Geodesy & Cartography Head Office is planning and implementation of topogeodesy, cartography, metadata, photogrammetry and developing topography, physically, political, touristic and geographical maps. He also said that the Afghan Geodesy & Cartography Head Office is responsible for strengthening national economy and preparing national atlantics. This office is also responsible for procurement of all technical, geodesy, cartography and other necessary tools needed by government and non-government institutions.

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